As any good writer knows, you must have passion to pursue the art of formulating words into meaningful, albeit, heartfelt sentences. Amy Wesselman of Lakewood is all too aware, at just 22 years old, the beautiful symphony of words needed to convey an idea. She recently won an Essay Contest for the Entire Southern California News Group to be a “beat writer” at Staples Center, for the recent Los Angeles Kings Hockey game. Amy says, “As a student of English, as well as a loyal Kings Hockey fan, this contest provided the opportunity of a lifetime for me. Having the pleasure of winning and being able to participate in all of this was easily the greatest experience of my life.”
This would be the perfect opportunity to pair passion with inspiration as Amy is a huge Los Angeles Kings fan. Her dad was a Kings fan before her and she’s followed in his footsteps. So much so that her room is decked out in hockey paraphernalia and mementos.
The evening began with a press conference with Hall of Fame announcer Bob Miller, who announced his retirement that night. Amy was honored to meet him after the press conference to thank him for the fine job he has done announcing these past 44 seasons.
The excitement had just begun, as Amy was ready to watch the Kings take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. She was escorted to the press booth for her premium seat so she wouldn’t miss a beat. The Leafs started the game fast-paced and strong, and the Kings won the game in front of a sold-out crowd, helping their playoff chances.
The thrill of the game wasn’t quite over yet. Amy had the opportunity to see the Kings locker room, where she watched Kings coach Darryl Sutter hold one of his iconic post-game interviews.
The evening was one Amy wouldn’t soon forget. She’ll take the memory of this experience with her as she continues to develop her writing skills.
Amy’s showing her fortitude by making her aspirations a priority, next year she’ll transfer from Long Beach City College to Cal State Long Beach where she’ll major in English. Amy is counting on many more life-changing opportunities. But for now she’s still reeling from her time as an honorary “beat writer” for the Kings.